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Mark Gaston Pearce, the former Buffalo lawyer who was named chairman of the National Labor Relations Board by President Obama in 2011, will be the keynote speaker at the 47th annual awards dinner of the Buffalo Branch NAACP at 6 p.m. June 9 in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

Honorees will include the Rev. Eric Johns, who will receive the Medgar Evers/Civil Rights Award; Marilyn Gibson and the Lighthouse, the Daniel Acker Community Service Award; the Rev. Mark E. Blue and Adia C. Jordan, the Rufus Frasier Human Relations Award; and Camille Green and Krysty Tyson, the Youth Award.

Tickets are $50 by advance sale only. Deadline for ticket orders is June 1. For tickets or more information, call Madeline O. Scott at 834-4982.